Biodiversity conservation is simply not a priority for the Obama administration.
“Sturgeon is a species threatened by overfishing, by the pressure of the caviar market and by infrastructure projects that hamper its migration up the Danube”, WWF Romania programme director Magor Csibi told a press conference.
Csibi said that despite a 10-year sturgeon fishing ban imposed by Romania in 2006, followed by Bulgaria in 2011, poaching continues, especially in the Danube Delta, where the local economy depends on fishing.
“Romania and Bulgaria are home to the only viable wild sturgeon populations left in the European Union, but unless this sophisticated illegal fishing is stopped, these fish are doomed,” said WWF’s Jutta Jahrl, author of a new report conducted jointly with TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network.” —AFP: WWF urges Romania, Bulgaria to protect wild sturgeon
A fascinating piece on Hawaiian monk seal conservation by Jon Mooallem from earlier this year. It shows how much conservation these days cannot be divorced from the “human element” - if the local people are not involved, don’t care, and/or many times don’t even want the animals, many efforts can potentially fail. It’s no longer enough to push only the “science” side of the agenda.
There’s a reason Charlie Pierce calls Politico ‘Tiger Beat on the Potomac’, guys.